When Dana White mentioned that Chael Sonnen still “has a ton of problems” when responding to inquiries about Sonnen and Michael Bisping coaching the 14th season of The Ultimate Fighter, he wasn’t only talking about his legal issues with the federal government. He was also referring to Sonnen’s issues with the NSAC and now we know why.
In order for Sonnen to coach TUF 14 he would have to get a second’s license, but that isn’t going to be so easy after his recent ordeal with the CSAC for heightened levels of testosterone. That in of itself isn’t the major problem though. As he’s been known to do, Sonnen blatantly lied about NSAC director Keith Kizer giving him verbal approval for his testosterone use before UFC 109 at his CSAC hearing and during an subsequent interview with HDNet. Kizer always maintained that he had never even spoke to Sonnen face to face before, and at a recent meeting with himself, Zuffa officials and Sonnen, Kizer called him on it. Long story short, Kizer didn’t get the response he was looking for.
“With his explanations, I don’t know how productive of a meeting it was,” NSAC executive director Keith Kizer told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). “I really did expect a much more constructive meeting out of that. But it just wasn’t there. I think Zuffa tried; I know we tried. I put the blame completely on Mr. Sonnen.”
“His point was, ‘Well, you and I have never talked before right now, but I don’t think I lied,'” Kizer said.
“Then he gave some very strange story and claimed, ‘My manager and you talked about therapeutic exemptions, and therefore, I just used the wrong word. I should have said ‘my’ instead of ‘I.’ As in ‘my manager’ instead of ‘I.’
“I was very straight with him, saying, ‘That’s a ridiculous explanation.'”
Kizer added that he typically gives the second’s licenses out himself administratively, but he isn’t going to do that for Sonnen. If Chael wants the license, he is going to have to appear in front of the commission at a formal hearing and explain himself. Furthermore, after Michael Bisping’s regrettable actions at UFC 127, Kizer isn’t sure he would hand him a license either without speaking to the commission first.
I imagine Bisping could get approved with a big heartfelt apology, but who knows how the commission would rule on Sonnen. Clearly Chael’s lies are finally catching up to him, and for once he can’t blame on it on his Hispanic imposter.